Locals living in Basey, Samar will soon be able to travel with ease thanks to a new bypass road that is nearing completion.

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) recently reported that the Basey Bypass Road is already 71.5% complete. 2.4-kilometers long, the soon-to-be-completed bypass road starts in Barangay Magallanes and ends in Barangay Guirang. In addition, the new road also leads to the popular Sohoton National Park.

Once finished, the DPWH claims that it will cut travel time going to the national park from 3 hours and 30 minutes to just 1 hour and 30 minutes. Moreover, Basey Bypass Road will also help in hastening the delivery of agricultural goods, bamboo furniture, and even clay pottery.

More business opportunities might also become available once the road is opened according to DPWH Region 8 Director Nerie Bueno. From eateries to pasalubong centers, as well as boat services, tourists and locals can use the new road in order to get to Sohoton Cave and the famous Balantak Falls.

Built with a budget of PhP 68 million, the DPWH is looking to finish the Basey Bypass Road sometime this year.